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Thursday, 9 December 1971
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Mr ERWIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - 1 direct my question to the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Ails. A film entitied Stockade' was recently produced in Australia. Did the Australian Film Development Corporation and the Australian Council for the Arts each provide subsidies for this film? Did these Government bodies supervise or have any knowledge of the contents of this film before or. during its production? What steps, if any, can the

Government now adopt to remove this film from circulation because of its immoral content?


Mr HOWSON (CASEY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts) - The Australian Film Development Corporation and the Australian Council for the Arts did provide some funds to help in the production of the film 'Stockade', which was intended to portray a memorable episode in Australia's history. I have not seen the film. I was unable to be at its premiere in Ballarat last Friday. The honourable member for Ballarat and his wife, who is a prominent member of the Council for the Arts and who knows some of the background to this matter, attended that premiere. I am disturbed to hear the matters raised by the honourable member. I do know that the film has been given a 'M' rating by the censor which means that children if accompanied by their parents will be able to see it. In view of the matters raised by the honourable member, I certainly will convey his comments to the Chairman of the Australian Council for the Arts and the Chairman of the Australian Film Development Corporation. As soon as I receive a report from them, I shall convey it to the honourable member.







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